Spring Rains Encourage Growth, Beauty and Refreshment

Spring has not quite arrived, though it is very close. Click To Tweet
As I relax in my living room I hear the comforting sound of raindrops steadily falling.
This evening I spent some time with the online Nature Magnetic Poetry kit. Listening to the rain my thoughts were naturally drawn to words that might relate.

 

Refreshing Spring Rain

Spring rain softly falling
leaves earth pure and fresh

Squirrels wander about on
mossy forest boughs
as vine tendrils thrive
along wet tree trunks

I follow a covered path
where wild flowers shine
with beautiful vivid blooms

My soul grows full of love
At peace I breathe and relax

                                                             ~gayl wright

 

spring rain

 

Zechariah 10:1 (NIV)

Ask the Lord for rain in the springtime;
it is the Lord who sends the thunderstorms.
He gives showers of rain to all people,
and plants of the field to everyone.

 

It is the Lord who sends rain to water the earth and bring refreshment. May He give us rest and peace and enable us to bring refreshment to those we meet on this journey of life.May God water our souls with the rain of His mercy and grace. Click To Tweet

 

So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the Lord your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul—then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil. I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied. (Deuteronomy 11:13-15 NIV)

 

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Secret Dreams, Longings and Freedom from Shame

While away on vacation I worked on writing haiku based on the prompt words Secret & Burn given at #ronovanwrites. I did not finish in time to share them last week but now that I’m home my computer is ready and waiting.

 

 

Gazing at the clouds

I walk on beach and ponder

Secrets burning deep

 

We all have secrets. Some are desires we are too timid to share. Click To Tweet

 

Other secrets are exciting and we can’t wait to reveal them. Still others hold us back because of things that happened in the past. They haunt us and make us feel shame. The shame becomes a heavy burden stealing our joy and stifling forward movement.

Freedom from Shame

Stuck in a pattern of lies making us feel unworthy, we may find it hard to forgive ourselves. But God loves us more than we know. His forgiveness is real. Jesus paid the penalty long ago and we are free.

We don't have to keep stumbling under a burden of shame. Click To Tweet

 

Burn away the shame

Secret sins have been confessed

All is forgiven

 

 

The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
(Psalm 103:8-12 NIV)

There is also shame that comes through no fault of our own. Click To TweetOthers may have hurt us or made us feel less than or forced us into situations we should never have to face. But God knows about these, too, and welcomes us with open arms. His love and mercy are abundant. He can take away the shame and replace it with joy and peace.

Secret Dreams

Often we are afraid to reveal some of our secret longings partly because we lack confidence in our abilities. Maybe we don’t want to risk failure or we think no one will understand or support us. We can hold ourselves back because of fear or try new things, learning from mistakes. Click To Tweet 

Like a flame of fire

Secret longing burns inside

Yearning to be free

 

I say let’s go for our dreams, looking to God for strength and supporting each other as we go through life.  What do you say?

 

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Hearts Full of Love Will Overflow

The photo for this week’s Twittering Tales is an interesting one. Kat has a knack for picking photos that can have many interpretations. In case you are not familiar, Kat Myrman picks a photo prompt each Tuesday. The challenge is to write a story inspired by the photo using only 140 characters or less. Click To Tweet Hearts with arrows tend to turn thoughts toward love. Consequently, each of my tales involve love in some way.

 

Hearts

photo Kat chose for Twittering Tales

 

The Joy of Love

Each anniversary Joe drew a giant heart in the sand for Liz.
She always acted surprised which made him very happy.
It was the joy of love.
(138 characters)

 

An Unusual Artist

An unusual artist, Sid used the sand as his canvas.
Hearing the waves crash inspired him as he created
the heart, a token of love for Sasha.
(140 characters)

 

For my last one I tried writing it several different ways and finally ended up with these two below. I wasn’t sure which one to use so both are featured. Which do you like better, the first or the second?

 

Hearts of Love

Matt and May met late in life, an unlikely pair to fall in love.
In the sand he drew a heart and nervously proposed.
She nodded with a smile.
(140 characters)

OR

Matt and May met late in life and often walked on the beach.
One day he drew a heart, held her close and proposed.
What would her answer be?
(140 characters)

 

On the Florida Gulf Coast

 

A Beach Vacation

My husband, Steve, and I are planning a trip to a beach in Florida in the near future. We’ll be renting a place for a week with his younger sister and her husband. Right about now, after all the sickness and busyness the beach sounds inviting.

My computer is staying home, and I will take a short break from blogging. Click To TweetMind you, I’ll still be writing, just not with my computer. A few of my art supplies will be coming with me, along with books to read and a couple of journals for recording thoughts. You can be sure I will continue to write poems, take photographs and be on the lookout for blogging material.

I do plan to use my phone for checking email, Facebook and reading a few blogs, but only for a short time each day.

Time to Reconnect with God and Each Other

This vacation is a perfect opportunity to take walks along the beach, to talk about dreams and goals and to celebrate each other. This vacation is a perfect opportunity to take walks along the beach, to talk about dreams and goals… Click To TweetWe used to pray together regularly and also spend time reading the Bible and other books together, but we’ve let other things interfere. Without all the normal distractions of home, a vacation is a perfect time to begin again.

 

Turning Our Hearts To God

In turning our hearts to God, thinking about His great love for us, I am reminded of the following passage from I John 4.

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.
(I John 4:7-12 NKJV)

I pray that we will let our minds dwell on the truth of God's great love for us. Click To Tweet May our hearts be filled with love for our Lord and others, beginning right in our own homes. Then together we can reach out to others with a true love that will continue to ripple out into the world.

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Family, Music and Love: A Winning Combination

February is the shortest month of the year. Many think of it as the month of love because of Valentine’s Day. Some people love it, but others not so much. I like the idea of doing something special for the whole family, though we don’t always have a party. I like the idea of doing something special for the whole family Click To Tweet

When my kids were home we would sometimes have heart shaped cakes or cookies. My husband will often bring me a dozen red roses to remind me of his love for me.

 

family

 

Love is a Many-Splendored Thing is the name of an old love song. It was originally written for a movie by the same name. It has been sung by Andy Williams, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, The Lettermen and many others. (I will share a YouTube version at the end of this post.)

While it is referring to romantic love in this song, I think the word splendor can refer to Jesus and the kind of love He has for us. I looked up the word on Rhymezone and found quite a few synonyms – magnificence, brilliance, resplendence, extravagance, grandeur, beauty and more.

Doesn’t that remind you of Jesus and His sacrificial love for us? He left His home in heaven and became a human being so that He could make a way for us to live with Him forever. The love and mercy He shows to us is extravagant. Click To Tweet

Then your fingers touched my silent heart and taught it how to sing is one of the lines in the song. That’s what Jesus did for my heart when I became His child. He gives us a reason to live, a reason to sing and have hope and joy. We may not always be happy about our circumstances, but we can have joy deep inside.

I’ve been busy working on another poem from the online Magnetic Poetry Kit. This time I used the one in the category of Love. I hope you enjoy it.

 

Family, Music and Love

 

Remember happy family moments
Love and laugh and give a hug
Search for joy all through this life

Find a song to touch your soul
Dance and let your spirit soar
Feel the power of music

Listen and join voices together
Be true to one another
Fill your heart with love


As promised, here is the link to a YouTube recording of  Love is a Many-Splendored Thing.

 

John 15:9-13

 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

 

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